Don't buy the Samsung Galaxy S III outright - it's cheaper on a plan

$899 outright from telcos, versus $828 on Vodafone $29 12 month plan

Samsung Galaxy S III

Buying the Samsung Galaxy S III outright may cost $899 from a telco, but savvy shoppers can save money by buying the phone on a Vodafone 12 month $29 plan: its total minimum cost is $828.

Although it only publicised its 24 month contracts for the Galaxy S III, Vodafone is offering the smartphone on 12 month plans as well. Despite higher monthly mobile repayment costs, the plans work out cheaper than buying the Galaxy S III outright at Samsung's recommended retail price.

None of the plans are quite as cheap as Allphones' $798 online or $825 in-store prices, but they come close: the total minimum cost of the Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S III on a 12 month $29 cap plan is $828. The step-up $39 monthly plan is $888 over 12 months.

Vodafone's deals are currently only for the 16GB models, with delivery of white phones within a week. Availability of the Pebble Blue variant is uncertain; Vodafone will contact buyers within 8 days to "update.. on stock deliveries."

Samsung Galaxy S III

Vodafone's plans can be cancelled at any time, with a standard early exit fee: for example, $29 must be paid for every month of the $29 plan remaining, and the balance of handset repayments must also be paid. Vodafone also says that an unlocking fee applies for anyone wanting to use a Vodafone Samsung Galaxy S III on another network.

Update: TopBuy is selling the Pebble Blue Galaxy S III outright for $699 plus $27.95 postage. The first batch, shipping on 2 June, has already sold out. The second batch will be dispatched around June 10.

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22 Comments

Theo

1

The Galaxy SIII I have on a plan from http://www.acnpacific.com.au/products/australia?ibo=storefront&ID=7250299858&handle=mobilephoneplans is very competitive.

Andrew

2

Campbell & The Bad Gear Guide. I suggest all you telco buying suckers check to see if your shiny new SIII comes with microSD expandable slots.

Campbell Simpson

3

Hi Andrew,

I've just checked and the Telstra-branded SGS III we have in for review has a microSD slot.

Cheapskate

4

Hi Team

it's also worth pointing out Dick Smith (with Australian stock, SIII at $747 outright)... if you happen to be heading overseas then the TRS takes you under $700. You also get Samsung backed Australian warranty in this case

Food for thought!

darrin

5

i bought the samsung 3 out right for $799 and had a play with it at home they its fast no, it didnt give you a users manual and very hard to work out my samsung s gt19000 works far better and so im thinking off takeing the s3 back to get my money back sorry samsung but you have a lot of home work to.

john

6

I bought my samsung galaxy s3 brand new with warranty for $600 + free delivery lol. looks like you guys got a bad deal

ShoppingInSyd

7

John, unless you can come up with the facts to back that up (i.e. where, who is supplying that), such as people listing Dick Smith's price above, you just appear to be a troll spouting fake prices.

Sam

8

No7 spot on with jolly John . Forums are full of em.But hey give me the evidence and i am in the market as we speak.

JustSayin

9

@ Sam and co. here is the evidence... $579 + $19 it is under $600 delivered http://www.kogan.com/au/shop/?keywords=galaxy&keywords=s3

Robert

10

Kogan are grey imports. They come from Hong Kong.

luckyaz

11

question towards roberts comment, does it really matter if its imported from hong kong?
besides the fact that you'd be giving them the money rather then giving it to the australian economy, lol or is it just the fact that your worried about weather it was possibly manufactured with cheap parts?.....just want to clarify your comment is all cause i was thinking of buying one from that site too...lol i mean hey if i can get a better deal else where that is the same quality, then why not?

Prem

12

It DOES matter whether the phone is imported or a local stock. With the grey imports you get from Kogan, Mobicity and other such sites, the warranty is limited to the retailer. You do not get a Samsung warranty. Apple provides worldwide warranty on their products but not Samsung and many other tech companies. If you buy local stock, you're covered by Samsung Australia for 2 yrs. Else you have to rely on the online retailers - which can be quite dodgy.

Also in some cases, grey imports come with pre-installed junk software (Chinese etc), that would force you to flash your phone as you get it. It's not a choice then; it's forced on you, which I don't like.

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